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Police officer's heart break at being told his dog must be sold at auction

When a police dog handler decided it was time to retire after 34 years of service he assumed his four-legged partner, Ajax, would retire with him.

Then when Matt Hickey of Ohio was told he would have to buy the dog, he offered the police department $3500 – the dog's independently assessed value.
More here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...t-auction.html

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SusieL
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01-02-2016, 09:13 AM
That's really mean. Poor dog and poor policeman. Hope nobody bids against him and they can retire together.
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Lynn
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01-02-2016, 04:27 PM
Thats terrible I hope he wins the auction.
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Azz
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01-02-2016, 07:30 PM
How awful I would have thought that the handler would get first choice since they've built up a relationship.
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Bobble
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05-02-2016, 07:28 AM
That's terrible. I guess Ajax is just being auctioned off like an "asset"

Good luck Mr Policeman
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Mandyuk1
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05-02-2016, 08:45 AM
That's awful, I hope the officer gets Ajax
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muddymoodymoo
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06-02-2016, 02:49 PM
It's very sad.

But on the other hand the police department will need to find a suitable replacent. What is the cost of a fully trained, experienced police dog? If I were a local tax payer, I'd be torn between what feels morally right and what might increase my taxes.
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Losos
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06-02-2016, 09:53 PM
I'd be torn between what feels morally right and what might increase my taxes

I thought Ohio was quite a big city so the cost of a new dog would hardly make a difference to the Police budget, and he has offered $3,500 so it all seems a bit miserly of the Police Dept.

I hope there is a happy ending to this story.
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Apache
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08-02-2016, 05:52 PM
Ohio is a state, so its state law rather than the city. A fund has been set up to buy the dog for his ex handler and stood at $35000 last week.
In the end, the city relented and allowed Mr Hickey to buy the dog for $1. So a happy ending for all. The remainder of the fund was to be used to purchase better protective vests for serving officers and dogs.
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CaroleC
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08-02-2016, 07:11 PM
A great resolution. I hope they both have a long and happy retirement.
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